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The Next iPhone Could be Foldable

26 November, 2017 Apple


Samsung might have been toying with the idea for a long time, but it was ZTE who beat everybody to the concept and released the world's first foldable smartphone Axon M. Now, it looks like Apple is planning to do something similar with their next iPhone. The US Patent & Trade Office has just received a patent request from Apple which contains the description, a smartphone that can be "opened and closed like a book." If that's not a foldable smartphone, we don't know what is!


In fact, it sounds just like what ZTE did with the Axon, but according to the descriptions, it won't be two separate displays attached together; there would be one single foldable display. It is unclear at this point whether Apple will be going with LCD or OLED for the foldable panel, because the patent covers both, alongside microLED. Check out a portion of the exact text within the patent below.


"An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have a flexible display layer, a cover layer, a touch sensor interposed between the flexible display layer and the cover layer, a support layer, and a polarizer layer."


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

 


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